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London: WTA players Sam Stosur and Petra Kvitova have been provisionally suspended for two weeks following their positive drug tests for a banned substance.
The pair, the world number two and world number seven, have played a combined 28 games this season including the London grand slam and the US Open.
They are due to play their next match on Saturday against Victoria Azarenka, and if they fail that test they will then face a mandatory suspension from WTA.
Stosur tested positive for the substance, known as oxys Breathalyzer, at the end of the Melbourne International match, and a second positive test was revealed during her match with Azarenka on Sunday.
The suspension will be lifted if Stosur and Kvitova maintain their concentration levels within the next 48 hours.
The pair are currently serving bans of two years and 10 months, respectively.
The WTA said on Tuesday that a test performed by the WADA laboratory on the substance taken from Stosur on the final of the French Open indicated she had in fact taken the substance and not just tested positive.
The players were told they were provisionally suspended, pending a final WADA decision on any further action.
The players will be able to request an appeal on the result of their next match, the WTA said.
Stosur will face Azarenka in their next scheduled match in London on Saturday, having missed the last four tournaments in the fallout of her positive test.
Kvitova’s two-week suspension was announced less than 24 hours after her withdrawal from the US Open, in which she had withdrawn from her first match after a series of coughing fits.
Kvitova, the 2011 winner of the French Open, said of her withdrawal: “In my head I’